Husk Chef Travis Grimes Joins the Pack for Celebrity Chili Cook-Off

Charleston Animal Society Virtual Fundraiser Takes Place November 21st

Charleston Animal Society’s Annual Chili Cook-off has been re-imagined as an online experience so people anywhere can participate this 20th anniversary year! Celebrated Husk Chef Travis Grimes joins with three-time Emmy® Award winning celebrity dog trainer CBS Lucky Dog host Brandon McMillan to lead the pack. CLICK HERE to join with thousands of animal lovers raising money for Toby’s Fund to provide medical care for homeless animals at Charleston Animal Society.

Iconic Husk restaurant, located in historic downtown Charleston is the essence of Southern food. According to Chef Grimes, “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door at Husk.” That goes for the Chef’s chili recipe, too. “In our chili we included smokehouse cooked Wagyu beef from local farms and heirloom tomatoes and onions, produce grown right here in Charleston,” said Grimes. With the chili cook-off being a virtual event, participants this year can focus on quality ingredients and having fun in the kitchen, as opposed to making the gallons of chili needed to satisfy hungry crowds at the large outdoor event. You can see Chef Grimes having fun in the Husk kitchen in this shout-out video for Charleston Animal Society:

The two-hour virtual chili cook-off will be streamed live November 21st from 5 pm to 7 pm on the Facebook pages for both Charleston Animal Society and Live 5 WCSC, the chili cook-off official media partner. The event includes celebrities, chefs, famous chili recipes, fundraising teams, and heartwarming stories about the lives saved every day at Charleston Animal Society. Viewers who tune in will also see the entire cooking segment featuring Chef Travis Grimes and his chili submission from Husk.

“What’s brilliant about the virtual chili cook-off is that anyone can sign up to participate by hosting a small group in their homes to make chili and fundraise online,” says Charleston Animal Society President and CEO, Joe Elmore. “When one of South Carolina’s top restaurants, Husk, joins forces with one of South Carolina’s top-rated charities, Charleston Animal Society, we are creating a lifesaving powerhouse. As COVID-19 forced the cancellation of our signature in-person fundraising events this year, our revenue is down by almost $1 million. Even with the lost revenue our daily operations to rescue, shelter, and heal injured and homeless animals has never stopped.” Anything goes when you can participate simply by having chili with friends at home and setting up a fundraising page. From a themed chili-making party to posting videos of families making their favorite dish, anyone can be involved and help raise needed funds for the important work of the Animal Society.

In addition to Husk and Live 5 WCSC, Palmetto Brewing Company, Michelob Ultra, J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Home, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Crews Subaru have joined the pack as sponsors for the 20th Annual Chili Cook-off. Sponsorship levels range from the $1,000 Poblano Pepper and the $2,500 Jalapeno Pepper to the $10,000 Habanero Pepper and the $25,000 Caroline Reaper levels. For more information about sponsorships, visit or email Sean Hawkins: [email protected].